The Dailies is one of my favorite features on Design for Mankind, a fantastic design site run by Erin Loechner. I was thrilled when Erin asked me to document one of my days. It was a lot of running around photographing everything and jotting down notes in my sketchbook. I realized the beginning and end of my days look very similar but all the stuff in the middle varies throughout the week. If you haven't tried documenting one of your days, I highly recommend it! You can read about my day here.
It is hard to believe Christmas is one week away! We've been in Busan for two months now and although we have fallen into a nice daily routine, I feel like I lose track of time really easily. Since Christmas is not celebrated over here [although you'll find a small section of Christmas decorations at some of the stores], it is definitely not the same "in-your-face-the-day-after-Thanksgiving" marketing we experience in the States.
This year I decided to let myself off the hook when it came to Christmas decorations. I actually didn't ship any decorations over to Busan so I would have had to buy some gawdy decorations at the store or make everything from scratch. And although the latter wasn't a far fetched option, I decided by the time I would have finished them it would have been time to take them right back down. Oh, and it doesn't help that we're not even going to be here for Christmas.
I was feeling a bit guilty that the boys were not going to enjoy a traditional Christmas this year, but Big J's main concern was that Santa would be able to find us in Thailand [I reassured him that I already called Santa and arranged for a special delivery to our hotel room...he was quite impressed that I knew Santa's phone number]. Plus he already had a visit from Santa at school and also celebrated St. Lucia with his classmates and Norwegian friends.
The one thing I wanted to accomplish before the holidays was to bake
Christmas cookies for some friends. There are so many people here
in Busan that have helped make our move very smooth and I wanted to thank them with some holiday treats. I baked some sugar cookies using Molly's family recipe [by the way I love her baking with kids recipe idea...brilliant!], glazed lemon cookies [inspired by Martha's husband] and chocolate oatmeal coconut cookies [I used this recipe]. This was my first time using these three recipes and I have to say they are all really yummy!
I designed and printed some labels + cookie cards [I figured people might be interested in what they are eating] and packaged everything up in the nifty bakery boxes Appah picked up from Japan earlier this year. I think I could spend all day working on packaging, I love it so much! All the cookies were hand delivered by me and the boys this morning. I
think native Koreans don't do a lot of baking so homebaked goods are
I'm feeling a bit more of the holiday spirit. And now it is time for our family to fly down to sunny Thailand to enjoy our Christmas with some of our dear friends from Oregon. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!
We've been living in Busan for less than 2 months and we'll be going to our fourth birthday party this week! It seems like the majority of parents here opt to not host birthday parties at their home and given that many of the children invite their entire class I can understand why. Most of the birthday parties we've attended have been at Poong Poongi Land, which is like a Chuck E Cheese for the 2-6 year old crowd [minus the greasy pizza]. Last week it was our friend S's 4th birthday. When her family was over at our place last weekend her mother commented how
she liked the craft toolboxes
I put together for the boys last Easter. Since the toolbox is one of my
favorite gifts to give I was happy to find an excuse to put together
The toolbox and goodies are from Kyobo.
Kyobo is a bookstore but it has a nice selection of paper, craft, art
and office supplies. It was fun to pick out all the goodies for S's
toolbox. We found tape, a piggy pencil sharpener, colored pencils,
origami paper, plain labels, alphabet stickers, a stapler, mini hole
punch, colored paper clips, glue sticks, scissors, fruit erasers, notebook and
envelopes of various sizes.
I repackaged some of the goodies and added "S" and "4" stickers here and there to give it a more personal touch. Lastly I designed a little personalized sticker for the outside of the toolbox as well as a "happy birthday" tag for the birthday girl. The gift was well-received and since Big J has requested that his toolbox be replenished I plan to re-stock the boys' toolboxes for Christmas.
P.S. Thank you so much for all your kind "welcome back" words. It was refreshing to be offline for a few months, but it feels really good to be back.
+ shipped a container full of boxes to Korea + moved the rest of our belongings into storage + made several trips to Goodwill + stayed in a hotel for one week [made morning trips to Pearl Bakery] + found renters for our house + said goodbye to our dear friends in Portland + boarded a plane for Korea + checked into a hotel [our "home" for three weeks] + visited the ER after being in Busan for one week [apparently Baby J's fingers fit perfectly between the elevator door and door frame...and now we have a "don't touch the elevator door" rule in our family...his fingers were fine]
+ ate a lot of good korean food + sent Big J off to his new school
+ looked at several places to live + visited Jin Market [a large textile market] + took the boys to the Busan Aquarium + found a unit in a high-rise right next to the water + celebrated Halloween with a really cute knight
+ don't be fooled by his dimples, he is a true warrior
+ although his big brother is more interested in eating cupcakes than fighting off the bad guys
+ checked out of the hotel + moved into our new home
+ unpacked boxes + organized closets + rooms + made a list of things to make [new pillows, pants for the boys] + broke my sewing machine [and our rice cooker] + visited the local bookstore + bought my first Korean sewing book
+ ate some more good Korean food + went out to dinner with Appah sans kiddos several times thanks to our new babysitter [my mother!] + realized what a fun adventure this is going to be for our family!